View from above of the old fortress walls and the lower town
Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
Distance 6 km
Highest point178 m
Lowest point-2 m
The small Greek town is perched on a massive rock and delights with numerous medieval ruins and charming alleys.
The name says it all: Monemvasia means "only entrance", and in fact the place, which is located on a rock and can only be seen from the sea, is only connected to the coast of Laconia by a narrow path. On this hike, the location of the village alone is an absolute highlight. But the rich history is also impressive: In the Byzantine Empire, Monemvasia was an important fortress that was considered impregnable. Since the conquest by the Turks in 1715, however, the place slowly lost its importance – but the old buildings still inspire today.
The round tour is varied and offers something for every taste: beautiful nature trails for hiking, Byzantine remains that can be admired up close, and a charming town with narrow streets where you can stock up on souvenirs or simply take a break in a café. The last part of the tour takes you close to the coast with a spectacular view of the sea.
Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language
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